When you think of the South, grasses green and towering oak trees might come to mind. What you may not know is that there are several exotic destinations in Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi that look like another country entirely. These spectacular spots will "transport" you to South America, Europe, and Asia, and they all belong on your Southern trip bucket list. 

Devil's Millhopper State Park - Brazil

Price: $4 per vehicle with up to 8 people, $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists

Address: 4732 Millhopper Rd., Gainesville, FL

Why You Need To Go: Step into this miniature "rainforest" in Florida that'll make you feel like you're deep within the Amazon.

Monte Sano State Park - Japan

Price: $5

Address: 5105 Nolen Ave., Huntsville, AL

Why You Need To Go: You can visit these peaceful gardens in Alabama and experience a little bit of Japan's beauty.

Windsor Ruins - Greece

Price: Free

Address: Rodney Road, Port Gibson, MS

Why You Need To Go: The ruins of this Mississippi mansion look a little like the remnants of the Parthenon, an ancient Greek temple.

Castillo de San Marcos - Spain

Price: $15

Address: 1 S. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine, FL

Why You Need To Go: St. Augustine, FL was settled by Spanish conquistadors in 1565, inspiring a lot of the city's architecture. This castle was built to defend against the British. They even offer night tours of the allegedly haunted location.

Neversink Preserve - Venezuela 

Price: Free permit

Address: Fackler, AL

Why You Need To Go: One of Alabama's most photographed spots, this gargantuan pit is like a portal to Venezuela and its Sarisarinama sinkholes.

Tishomingo State Park - Philippines 

Price: $4

Address: 105 Co Rd. 90, Tishomingo, MS

Why You Need To Go: This swinging bridge through a lush Mississippi park looks like the incredible ones found in the Philippines.

The Venetian Pool - Italy 

Price: $15-20

Address: 2701 De Soto Blvd., Coral Gables, FL

Why You Need To Go: Inspired by Venice, this freshwater swimming pool in Miami is fed by an underground aquifer and has a Venetian-style bridge. 

Dismals Canyon - Malaysia 

Price: $9

Address: 901 Hwy. 8, Phil Campbell, AL

Why You Need To Go: You can't help but feel the tropical vibes while you roam this mossy forest in Alabama that looks like it could be a Malaysian rainforest. 

Sky Lake - Indonesia 

Price: Free

Address: Belzoni, MS

Why You Need To Go: Wander down the boardwalk at this thick green bog in Mississippi that looks like an Indonesian swamp. 

These extraordinary locations may look foreign, but they're actually just a road trip away. Immerse yourself in these amazing places in the South and you'll feel like you're traveling the world — all without a passport.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.


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